The WITI Strategist

Oct. 14, 2003
The newsletter for women who consider technology central to their businesses, careers, professions.

This issue sponsored by:

The Women in Leadership and Authenticity Series, Sep 29-Oct 30, 2003, Multiple Cities and Dates. This ground-breaking new conference will address the needs of today's women in leadership and will feature individuals and organizations who will provide first-hand perspectives and experiences of the advantages of authenticity in women leaders.

Oct. 27 Boston
Evening with Tom Peters
Dec. 8 San Jose
Town Hall Meeting
Jan 22 2004 Los Angeles
Regional Conference
Mar 10-11 2004 Dallas
Regional Conference
May 12-13 2004 San Jose
National Conference
July 31 2004 San Diego
Spa Week-end
Oct. 20 2004 Chicago
Regional Conference

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Townhall Meeting

An Evening with Tom Peters

WITI Works

Looking For A Job?

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Chapter Meetings


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An Evening with Tom Peters
Oct. 27, 2003 -- Boston, MA

WITI proudly presents "An Evening with Tom Peters: Women Rule!"
Tom Peters - one of America's top "management gurus" and best selling international author - sounds his wake-up call to corporate America... Women Rule! Don't miss this riveting discussion on how "women's increasing power ... is the strongest and most dynamic force at work in the American economy today."

Join us for this very special event on Monday, October 27, 2003 at The Tsai Performance Center at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. Registration begins at 5pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet Tom Peters and other WITI women personally at the reception following this event. Register now.

Women on the Move

Agilent Technologies appoints Darlene Solomon as vice president and director of Agilent Laboratories
PALO ALTO, CA -- Darlene Solomon, WITI Hall of Fame inductee and member of WITI's advisory board, has been named vice president and director of Agilent Laboratories, the central research facility for Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A). She replaces Tom Saponas, who is retiring.

Solomon most recently held a dual role as director of the Life Science Technologies Laboratory within Agilent Labs and as senior director of research and development/technology for Agilent's Life Sciences and Chemical Analysis (LSCA) business. At Agilent Labs, she has been responsible for addressing the long-range technology strategy in support of Agilent's growing life sciences business, which is aimed at the drug discovery, genomics, proteomics and molecular diagnostics markets. At LSCA, Solomon has managed near-term global, group-level R&D strategy, R&D investments and product development processes.

"Darlene has made extraordinary strategic and scientific contributions to the growth and development of Agilent's life sciences business," said Ned Barnholt, Agilent chairman, president and CEO. "She brings a strong technical background, solid business management experience and an enthusiasm for technology that make her an exceptional candidate for this important technology leadership role at Agilent."

Solomon joined Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in 1984 as a member of its technical staff, and held increasingly responsible research and management positions there prior to the formation of Agilent Technologies in 1999. From 1978 to 1984, she conducted extensive academic research at Stanford University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Solomon earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Stanford and a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from MIT.

With numerous patents and publications to her name, Solomon was inducted into the Women in Technology International's Hall of Fame in 2001, and she now serves on WITI's advisory board. She serves on the External Advisory Board for NSF's (National Science Foundation) Nanobiotechnology Center and the Policy Board for DARPA's (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Center for Biochemical Optoelectronic Microsystems, and she is affiliated with numerous other influential professional associations.

Do you have an announcement or promotion you'd like to share? Send your news to Carolyn to appear in "Women on the Move."

Eating from the Inside Out
By Ed Bloch, co-founder, Life Enrichment Center

There are many explanations for why nearly 70% of Americans are overweight (NHANES 1999-2000). When we add in the number of Americans battling anorexia or bulimia, we begin to see a bitter truth: our unhealthy relationships with food are not individual problems of "self-control" but an insidious problem within our culture that burdens us all. And the solutions that have been offered so far simply have not worked; in fact, they may be making things worse.

Let's briefly look at the facts. In the U.S., between 1960 and 2000:

  • The dollars spent on weight loss related materials increased 1000%, from 5 billion dollars to 50 billion dollars (M.Maine, 2000)
  • The incidence of obesity rose 50%, from 65 million to 97 million people (NHANES 1999-2000)
  • The rate of increase in bulimia (in women 18 - 28) rose from 1% to 20% (ANAD)
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Discuss this article! The author, Ed Bloch, will be available this week to respond to you comments and questions.

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Women At Bat: How they're hitting homeruns out of the park!
WITI Annual Town Hall Meeting 2003 And Day Of Reinvention
December 8, 2003

A shift in leadership is occurring. Women ARE at bat. Women ARE hitting homeruns. And Women ARE "the strongest and most dynamic force at work in the American economy today" (Tom Peters).

Please join Kyung Yoon - Vice Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles, Zoe Lofgren - Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives, Ann Peckenpaugh - President, Board Search Partners, and Sophie Vandebroek - Chief Engineer and Vice Presient, Xerox Engineering Center, Xerox Corporation to discuss how the dimensions of business and government are changing because of the leadership that women are bringing to the "plate". This event is presented in a Townhall Meeting format on December 8, 2003, at the San Jose Marriott. Register BY October 1 and receive a free copy of Tom Peter's new book Re-Imagine! Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age. Register Now!

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WITI Works

WITI Marketplace - Pre Launch Opportunity for WITI Members - For years, WITI women have told us they like doing business with other women. Our corporate partners have told us they are committed to hiring more women owned businesses as vendors. Now everyone will be able to demonstrate their commitment to supporting women owned businesses by visiting the WITI Marketplace.

The WITI Marketplace is in its prelaunch phase and all members are invited to register their company or consulting practice. Not a WITI Member? Join now!.

WITI GEN - (Global Executive Network) Are you an Executive Woman who wants the opportunity to get together with other executive women to share solutions, access connections and influence top level executives in industry? WITI has now launched WITI GEN for Executive VPs, Presidents, Chairman and Board members who meet GEN membership requirements. GEN Charter membership entitles you to a lifetime membership for the cost of one year after official launching January 1, 2004. If you want to be considered for a GEN membership, please complete the application and someone will get back to you within 3 days of receiving your application!

WITI SIGS - opportunities for alliances, resources and connections
Are you taking advantage of the WITI SIGs and discussion boards? This is a great opportunity to dialogue with WITI Women worldwide, and it's free!

A partial list of WITI SIGS:

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WITI4Hire - Is your resume at WITI4Hire yet? Submit it today to be noticed by companies currently searching for senior-level architects and security architects. Sales, marketing, and many more positions are available as well! So go to WITI4Hire and submit your resume today! - has better rates, more capacity and better service than major hosting companies- if you are fed up with your hosting company or just want to upgrade your hosting services, check out for comparisons and fees.

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Nomination for WITI Hall of Fame 2004

Company Spotlight

General Dynamics
General Dynamics

General Dynamics has leading market positions in business aviation, mission-critical information systems and technologies, shipbuilding and marine systems, and land and amphibious combat systems. The company is a leading supplier of sophisticated defense systems to the United States and its allies, and sets the world standard in business jets. It is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, and employs approximately 54,000 people worldwide.

General Dynamics has four main business segments. Aerospace designs, manufactures and provides services for mid-size, large cabin and ultra-long range business aircraft. Combat Systems supplies land and amphibious combat machines and systems, including armored vehicles, power trains, turrets, munitions and gun systems. Information Systems and Technology's expertise lies in specialized data acquisition and processing, in advanced electronics, and in battlespace information networks and management systems. Marine Systems designs and builds submarines, surface combatants, auxiliary ships and large commercial vessels.

Search for General Dynamics jobs on WITI4Hire.

Job Spotlight

Assistant or Associate Professor - Electrical Engineering
The EE Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track position. We particularly welcome outstanding applicants with research interests that are synergistic with those of UCSC's Center for Adaptive Optics. For example: real-time signal processing, optical MEMS, detectors, and other relevant devices, control theory and applications, or other fields applicable to adaptive optics. The successful candidate will build a significant research relationship between the School of Engineering and the Center for Adaptive Optics. The successful candidate has the opportunity to become involved in testing new adaptive optics concepts at the Keck and Lick Observatories. Please refer to provision #432 (Assistant level) or #432T (Associate level) in all correspondence.
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Chapter News

Meet Jenny Laden, WITI Boston

Hello there. My name is Jenny Laden, and I am the new Chapter Director of WITI Boston. As those of you who are familiar with the city know, Boston is a vibrant technology hub with a high concentration of high-tech companies, so we're thrilled to have WITI back in Beantown!

In my "other" life I am President of my own public relations firm, called Duende Communications. As we focus on small to medium-sized technology companies, I have been able to build a significant network of marketing contacts, technology specialists and technology executives that can all serve as resources or potential speakers for WITI. I'm hoping that these connections will help me to bring a fresh perspective and interesting, relevant and timely programs to the new chapter - and to the Boston community.

We already have more than 150 members and are committed to doubling that number within the next six months through a diverse offering of events and programs. Our theme for this year is "Women Leading Reinvention and Innovation," so we thought what better way to start the year off than with a panel of three women who have made a name for themselves in their industries through perseverance, tenacity and, of course, innovation. If you're in the area, please visit for more event details. And don't forget to keep checking back for information on other upcoming events!

Looking forward to meeting many of you... Here's to a great year for WITI!

Upcoming Chapter Events
Orange County October 16
Intuitive Leadership: Building Business from the Inside Out
Philadelphia October 16
Communicating Effectively for Promotion
Chicago October 16
Beyond Technical Competence
Silicon Valley October 16
WITI Volunteer Day with TECH CORPS - Brown Bag Lunch at Santa Clara High School
South Florida October 21
Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning
Pittsburgh October 22
What You Need to Know About Outsourcing
New York October 22
Women and the New Wave of Engineering - Dr. Eleanor Baum, Dean, Cooper Union School of Engineering
Philadelphia October 23
An Evening of Connections
Hong Kong October 30
Get Connected: An Evening of Networking and the Latest Mobile Communication Tools
San Diego November 5
San Diego WITI Networking Event
Los Angeles November 5
What You Need to Know to Start Your Own Business: A panel discussion on the nuts and bolts of a start-up.
Houston November 12
Positioning Yourself as a Leader
Orange County November 13
"Trends in Technology", with Jude Larocque, Vice President, Siemens Business Services
Research Triangle Park November 19
I Wish I Had Known That Yesterday!
Orange County December 11
An Event To Remember "Celebrating Women in Technology" - Perspectives From Women Who are Changing the Face of Our Industry

More information about chapter events in your area is available on our website.

WITI @ ...Keeping you up-to-date on where you'll find WITI!

WITI@ keeps you up to date on where you will find WITI partners, WITI discounts, WITI women attending industry events. Visit the Members area of the WITI website for priority discount codes for these events. If you want a discount to an event you will be attending and/or want to meet other WITI women at that event, just let us know so we can get it for you!

Women and the MBA, sponsored by Princeton Review
Sep 6-Oct 19 2003 Multiple Cities and Dates
The Women in Leadership and Authenticity Series
Sep 29-Oct 30, 2003 Multiple Cities and Dates
SVASE "Building Great Businesses" series
Oct 14 2003 San Leandro
Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2003
Oct 19-24 2003 Orlando
CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 2003
Oct 21-23 2003 Las Vegas
2003 Venture Showcase Series: Spotlight on IT & Homeland Security Sectors
Oct 22 2003 Berkeley
Fall 2003 Advisor Technical Conferences
Oct 26-Nov 7 2003 Multiple Cities and Dates
Information Technology Showcase
Oct 30 2003 Hilton
IRI 2003 Fall Meeting
Oct 30-Nov 1 2003 Coronado
Risk Analysis Group Seminar
Nov 3-Apr 23 2004 Multiple Cities and Dates
Nov 16-20 2003 Las Vegas

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